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Santa Cecelia Granite Countertops

Santa Cecelia is a beautiful Brazilian granite that has a rich cream color background with black veins and red inclusions (mineral deposits).

Being a fabricator I closely inspect and select bundles and containers of stone. This stone "Santa Cecelia" looks very different each time I see it. Sometimes the quarry cross cuts the block producing a very different look.

Many different quarries in the region produce a stone commercially marketing as Santa Cecelia. Even stone quarried from the same quarry varies depending upon where in the quarry the block comes from.

This is frustrating for consumers who see a slab of "Santa Cecelia" that they like and will go perfectly with their project only to see the stone somewhere else and it looks nothing like the last slab they saw. Shopping for price after making your stone selection is nearly impossible because the slabs vary so much from one slab yard to another.

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Today's Frequently Asked Question Friday is all about Supports. With a weight of nearly 20 pounds per square foot, it is very important to ensure adequate support prior to installing your granite counter-tops. To begin, all base cabinetry must be level, plumb, and fastened to both the floor, walls, and each other. This will provide the majority of the support needed to install granite counter-tops safely. Often, customers choose overhang in their designs (for instance, extending an island, or creating a breakfast bar). On base cabinets that are 24" standard width or more, you may add overhang of up to 12" without requiring additional support. However, what if you want to add more overhang? Or place an overhang on a half wall (or base cabinet less than 24" width)?? Well then you have several options. First, you may choose to install our invisible "counter balance plates". These steel frame bars, which should be installed prior to Template every 18" along the overhang, sit directly below your counter-top and will provide the necessary support to allow for such overhang. Corbels or legs can also complete this task. However, you must ensure that the corbels or legs are structurally sound and not simply decorative (legs must be fastened to the floor and corbels must be fastened to base cabinetry or studs in the case of a half wall, prior to Template). Have a project that may need extra support? Feel free to bring your plans in to Stone Masters where we can guide you through the process!

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Today's Monday Match-Up focuses on the array of sink and faucet options available here at Stone Masters. The first option pairs one of our most popular sinks, the Blanco Super Single, with a high profile Luxart MQ137 faucet. The result is a functional, sleek and modern look that would work well with a variety of stone selections. The next pairing showcases a double bowl Swan Sink QULS (a granite composite option) in the Bianca finish with a low profile Artisan 400 faucet in oil rubbed bronze. This striking contrast would look beautiful against a lighter granite stone and rich cherry cabinetry. Finally, a Soapstone Farm Sink (custom made here at Stone Masters) is paired with a more decorative goose-neck faucet, the Artisan 430 in Satin Nickel, resulting in a classic look that would be striking in a country styled kitchen. No matter your preference, Stone Masters can find a sink and faucet pairing that would work for you!

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Today's 'One Stone/Three Ways' focuses on Giallo Ornamental, a wonderfully versatile stone due to its neutral coloring and consistent pattern. Above, this granite can be seen applied in three different spaces, to completely different effects. The first is a fireplace hearth and surround, installed by Stone Masters. Set against deep cherry cabinetry and accented with a slim shelf and decorative corbels, Giallo Ornamental makes a statement of "Classic Elegance". In the center example, the stone is used on both perimeter and island in this sleek kitchen. Using light cherry cabinets, streamlined stainless appliances and hood, and minimalist hardware, Giallo Ornamental takes on the look of "Modern Structure". Finally, in the third example the stone is seen again in a kitchen setting. This time its been matched with off white cabinets, oil rubbed bronze hardware, and a tonal marble tile backsplash to create a feeling of "Casual Warmth". No matter the look and feel of your home, a granite selection such as Giallo Ornamental can transform to fit your style.

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Inspired by this image of a sunlit street in Bruges, Belgium, we replicated the feeling of "Old World Charm" using options found here at Stone Masters. As a base, we chose Vyara Juparana for the granite countertops. Drawing out the earthy neutrals, brick reds, and shadowed grays from the photograph, this stone serves as the focus of the kitchen. As a nod to the whitewashed buildings and clean lines, shaker style white laminate cabinetry grounds the movement of the granite. To compliment without overpowering, light tumbled travertine was chosen as the backsplash (a subway pattern reflects the brick streets). A Luxart (E137) goose neck faucet is a play on the street light, and a wonderful accent against lighter counters and cabinets. Matching oil rubbed bronze drawer pulls would be a great compliment as well. Nearby walls could be painted a light tan to add a finished warmth to the space. The old world charm of Belgium is just a kitchen away. Visit us at Stone Masters and let inspiration strike!

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